Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a free parent education and support program available to families throughout pregnancy and following children through their kindergarten year. Through home visitation, parents receive information and learn activities they can use with their child during each stage of development to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills. Each family commits to being in the program for at least 2 years upon enrollment.
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As a Parents as Teachers family, you receive:
- Monthly Personal Visits – during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
- Yearly Screenings – to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
- Monthly Family Nights – Free monthly event for PAT families, and open to ALL families in the community with children ages 0-5. Dinner, parent/child activity and parent discussion time. Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, Sept – May, at Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. ; 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Call PAT Office for reservations.
- Family Resource Networking – that link your family to other community services.
- Monthly parent/child connections, 1st Wed of each month year round. Time and activity varies
Independent evaluations show Parents as Teachers works!
Parents as Teachers children:
- At age 3 are significantly more advanced in language, social development, problem solving and other cognitive abilities than comparison children.
- Score higher on kindergarten readiness tests and on standardized measures of achievement in early grades.
Parents as Teachers parents:
- Are more involved in their children’s schooling.
- Are more confident in their parenting role and read more to their children.
The Parents as Teachers Program is designed to foster strong, loving relationships between parents and their children. In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in life. Babies are born to learn, and we support parents as the child’s first and most important teacher.
Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.
Parents as Teachers is an international program that has been in existence for 25 years, and available in the Estes Park community since 2011, offered as a parent outreach effort of Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS). To learn more about the Parents as Teachers organization and research results, please visit: www.parentsasteachers.org.
To learn more about the Estes Park PAT Program please contact: Kristen Berg at 970-646-5840 or Kberg@evics.org.
Funding provided through a generous grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and Private Supporters.